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Virginia, team of destiny, wins National Championship

Virginia, team of destiny, wins National Championship

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 10, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

No team in recent memory has embodied the "team of destiny" cliche more than the 2019 Virginia men’s basketball team.

Men’s NCAA Tournament Championship set to be defensive battle

Men’s NCAA Tournament Championship set to be defensive battle

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

April 8, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The age-old sports adage that defense wins championships certainly held true on Saturday night when No. 3 Texas Tech and No. 1 Virginia each won their Final Four matchups to advance to the National Championship.

Sluggish Sweet 16 dwarfed by Electric Elite Eight

Sluggish Sweet 16 dwarfed by Electric Elite Eight

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

April 1, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Sweet 16 featured a number of blowouts and left fans hungry for more, but the Elite Eight made up for it with late-game drama.

What are the odds: March Madness Sweet 16

What are the odds: March Madness Sweet 16

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

March 29, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

All four of the games on Friday are the top four seeds from the regions, potentially making for great-quality games.

Panthers leave paw prints on NCAA Tournament

Panthers leave paw prints on NCAA Tournament

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 27, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

From teams Pitt beat to ex-Panthers playing for other teams, you can see Pitt’s mark on the NCAA Tournament despite the team’s absence.

What are the odds: Friday March Madness

What are the odds: Friday March Madness

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

March 22, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The first weekend of the tournament is always a spectacle, filled with upsets and exciting games — and it’s the best weekend to gamble, with games on all day Thursday through Sunday. Let the Madness begin.

Highs and lows of Pitt’s time in the tournament

Highs and lows of Pitt’s time in the tournament

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 18, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

With no Pitt basketball to look forward to, we can only look back — so let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce on the highs and lows of Panther tournament yore.

Best first-round NCAA Tournament matchups

Best first-round NCAA Tournament matchups

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 18, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

With the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket officially released, it’s time to start parsing through the opening matchups to look for the best entertainment value.

The Devil wears Blue, Pitt hopes to ‘prod-a’ win against Duke

The Devil wears Blue, Pitt hopes to ‘prod-a’ win against Duke

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Wrtier

March 5, 2019


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball will be facing Duke in the first round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday. Pitt has lost all 10 of its meetings with Duke dating back to the 2006 season, so odds are not in the Panthers’ favor this tournament season.

National champs to pick, avoid in your bracket

National champs to pick, avoid in your bracket

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 26, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It’s never too early to start looking for an edge that will push your bracket over the top, and picking the right national champion is half the battle.

Pitt’s historic season ends in 3-2 loss to Michigan

Pitt’s historic season ends in 3-2 loss to Michigan

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 2, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Pitt's historic season came to end in its 3-2 loss against Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Pitt sweeps Iona to move on to second round of NCAA Tournament

Pitt sweeps Iona to move on to second round of NCAA Tournament

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt Volleyball beat Iona to move onto the second round of the NCAA Tournament Friday.

Volleyball to host opening tournament matches as No. 12 seed

Volleyball to host opening tournament matches as No. 12 seed

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 28, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

For the first time in program history, Pitt’s volleyball team will host a playoff round, starting Friday, Nov. 29.

Players to watch during the tournament

Players to watch during the tournament

By Cale Berger | Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Uncategorized

Each year the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament provides an opportunity for players to breakout on a national stage. College basketball legends like Christian Laettner, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Shabazz Napier have all etched their names in history with their performances at the big d...

Slept on: 4 tournament teams you shouldn’t count out

Slept on: 4 tournament teams you shouldn’t count out

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Sleeper teams are the best part of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. Some will destroy your bracket, but if you bet big on the right school you may end up celebrating as much as the eventual champions. If there is one thing guaranteed about the tournament, it’s that nothing abou...

Pitt volleyball makes NCAA championship tournament for second year in a row

Pitt volleyball makes NCAA championship tournament for second year in a row

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

November 26, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After claiming the ACC Conference title this past weekend on a nine-game winning streak, the Pitt women’s volleyball team has secured a slot in the NCAA championship tournament. This is the second year in a row they have qualified for the NCAA tournament, the last time before that being 2004. The Panthers look to extend their season as the NCAA tournament begins Friday. Pitt wi...

Five first round matchups to watch

By Chad Cameron / For The Pitt News

March 16, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, there’s enough March Madness to induce vertigo. To help sort through the 32 games on Thursday and Friday, we’ve selected some games that should more than warrant your viewership – aside from Pitt’s date with No. 7 Wisconsin: No. 8 Colorado (22-11) vs. No. 9 Conne...

Deserving mid-major teams left out of NCAA field

Deserving mid-major teams left out of NCAA field

By Brandon Duerr / Staff Writer

March 18, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

As the NCAA Tournament approaches each year, some teams are nervously tapping their feet as they hope to break into the Big Dance. They heard analysts debate for weeks about whether their team would make the tournament or not, yet they were stuck sweating it out until Selection Sunday when they saw if t...

Top-seeded Kentucky faces strongest region in NCAA Tournament

Top-seeded Kentucky faces strongest region in NCAA Tournament

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 18, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Usually, the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament is rewarded for its success in the regular season and given the easiest path to the final four. In this year’s case, however, the selection committee gave Kentucky the top seed after going undefeated, though it is tasked with the toughest region....

Panthers earn No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 17, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Only two years and one head coach removed from a season in which it did not win a single conference game, the Pitt women’s basketball team have grabbed a spot in the NCAA Tournament.Pitt (19-11, 9-7 ACC) earned a No. 10 seed in the tournament and will face No. 7 seed Chattanooga (29-3, 14-0 Southern) in the first r...

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